Gaza flotilla report blames Israel and Turkey

By the Associated Press | September 2, 2011 | 4:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. panel's report blames Israel, Turkey, and organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla for last year's deadly raid by Israeli commandos and says "strenuous efforts" should be made to prevent a repetition.

The 105-page report released Friday by the United Nations said the events of May 31, 2010 should never have unfolded as they did.

The panel said Israel's naval blockade of Gaza was legal but it called the raid on the flotilla "excessive and unreasonable" and the killing of eight Turkish activists and a Turkish-American "unacceptable."

It also said the flotilla "acted recklessly" and Turkish officials should have done more to warn flotilla participants of "potential risks."

The panel's Israeli and Turkish members rejected criticism of their countries.